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Songs, not stories, get top billing in 'Motown'
NEW YORK — Berry Gordy, the man who discovered Diana Ross and The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells (and on and on), was a peerless record producer when it came to handpicking talent and building careers. But Berry Gordy, the genuinely confounding new Broadway show "Motown the Musical" reveals, is just about the worst person in the world to write the story of Berry Gordy: the founder of Motown records, a music giant he built in a Detroit house under the hubristic handmade sign "Hitsville U.S.A.," which turned out to be nothing less than the darn all-American truth.
April 14, 2013